Roadmap to become a successful web developer in 2019 — Beginner to Advance.

A clear, concise and straightforward guide for anyone who wants to become a web developer in 2019.


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There are plenty of courses and resources are available on the internet which are good enough for you to start your career as a web developer.

In this post, I’ll share some of the online courses which take you from absolute beginner to pro in web development. I assumed you don’t have any programming background, no coding experience and you are an absolute beginner.

I have taken more than 72 courses, from web development to machine learning and AI. When I took the courses I looked up to the following criteria that course should have.

1. It should cover all the major topic in-depth.

2. It should be project based.

3. The instructor should explain the tricky concept very well.

4. He should be engaging in the student forum.

5. The course should be affordable and worth the time.

All the course mentioned here fulfill the above criteria. There are plenty of free courses available but when you are just starting then you need a proper roadmap to become master at it.

All the courses are available on Udemy. I choose these courses because they are very affordable, they only charge 10$ per course and it comes with 30 days money back guarantee so there is no reason not to invest in these courses.

Note: This is not a promotional post. I do not get any money by promoting these courses.

For starters, here are some definitions I use.

Front-end developer: Front-end developers deal with animation, font, color, logic and how the site should look like to the user. Basically, it handles the client side which means browser.

Back-end developers: Back-end developers deals with API, server, database, authentication, routing. Basically, all the things which happen behind the scenes.

Full-stack developers: Full-stack developers know both front-end and back-end. They can create a web-apps from scratch. They know all the technology in order to develop a full modern website.

For full-stack developers:

1. The web development bootcamp — Colt Steel.

This is the course where I start my programming journey. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in this course. It is rated 4.7 and has been one of the most successful online course on Udemy for more than 2 years.

Colt is very friendly and engaging. If you ask a question in the forum you will get reply maximum in 12 hours, sometimes even less than that. Definitely should check it out.

2. The complete web developer in 2019: Zero to mastery — Andrei Neagoie.

A similar course like the above one. There are many courses on Udemy on web development but nothing matches the quality of Colt’s course but this course achieves the same height as the Colt’s course.

So what course you should choose? I’ll say go for both. Because they cover different topics, framework, and libraries. For e.g. Colt used Mongo DB as database while Andrei used SQL. Colt used JQuery while Andrei used React. By enrolling in both the courses you can have a wide variety of skills which can be useful when developing web-apps.

These are the full stack web development courses. Even if you decided to become a front-end developer or back-end developer I’ll still insist you take any of this full-stack web development course. As a front-end developer, it is good to have some basic knowledge of back-end or vice-versa.


For front-end developers:

If you decide to go for front-end development here are the courses you can take to sharpen up your skills.

1. The complete JavaScript Course 2018: Build Real Projects! — Jonas Schmedtmann.

2. The modern JavaScript Bootcamp (2018) — Andrew Mead.

Both the courses cover the JavaScript in-depth. They are project-based, covers all the topic you need to know in order to use the JavaScript at client side. They cover basic topics such as array, object, function and advance topic such as DOM manipulation, Promises, ES5 and ES6. You can choose any course, both are great courses, taught by top instructors and have very good developer community who can help you when you get stuck.

3. Advance CSS and Sass — Jonas Schmedtmann.

This is by far the only CSS course on Udemy which teaches you pure CSS and Sass, no Bootstrap, no external library. If you want to stand out and enhance your CSS skill, this is the course for you. Jonas did a great job of teaching complex topic. This course is project-based, you will learn what is Sass, how to manage big CSS files, how to work for a large production app, etc.

4. The Bootstrap 4 bootcamp — Colt Steel.

Bootstrap is everywhere. This is one of the most required skills for the job today. Many popular websites are built using Bootstrap. If you don’t like to do everything from the scratch and want to keep your code clean and short then bootstrap is the solution for you. Colt covers all the fundamental topic which you will require to get mastery in Bootstrap 4.

5. Accelerated ES6 JavaScript training — Maximilian Schwarzmüller.

This course is short and precise and covers only those topics which are new to the JavaScript. After finishing the full stack web development course, you can take this course to get familiar with the new features of Javascript.

When it comes to front-end development there are three popular frameworks out there. Namely React, Angular and Vue. Now which one is better than others is the topic of debate. Here in this post, Andrei covers the difference between React, Angular and Vue. Please check out the article before taking any further courses.

6. Modern react with redux — Stephen Grider

This course set the standard how the online course should be. One of the best react course on Udemy. It has been rated 4.7. If you decided to learn React, without having any second thought take this course.

7. Angular 7 (Formerly Angular 2) — The complete guide — By Maximilian SchwarzMüller.

If you decided to go for AngularJS then this course is the perfect solution for you. Maximilian created several 5 stars rated courses and this is one of them. He is very good at explaining code he writes, engaging in the student forum and teach everything from basic to advance. This is the perfect angular course for beginners.

8. Vue JS 2 — The complete guide (include vue router & vuex) — Maximilian Schwarzmüller.

This is the best seller Vue JS course on Udemy again taught by Maximilian. Like his other courses, this course is project based. You need not to know anything about Vue JS to start with the course. This course is good if you are a beginner to Vue JS.


For back-end developers:

If you want to be a back-end developer or even consider to be a full stack developer these courses will help you to become a pro.

1. The complete Node JS developer course (2nd edition) by Andrew Mead.

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Node. You’ll build todo app, weather app and real-time chat application using socket.io. Andrew mead did a great job of teaching fundamentals of Node. By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid background of how NodeJS work, different frameworks, NPM, Express, MongoDB and much more. If you completed any of the first two courses (full-stack development), I’ll still insist you take this course because it covers the NodeJS in much depth than those two courses.

2. The complete junior to senior web developer roadmap — Andrei Neagoie.

This course is the next upgrade after you completed full-stack development and Andrew Mead’s Node course (The one which mentioned above). I recommend you to not to take this course as soon as you finished the above courses. First get your hands dirty with all the skills you’ve learned so far, then you will understand this course much better. In the course, Andrei covered some advanced topic such as SSH, Docker, Performance, Etc. This course definitely distinguishes you from the naive developer.


There are so many other courses available on the internet which are as good as the mentioned courses. I just did not think right to include those. The reason is when you start your programming journey you need to have a proper roadmap in order to be a successful developer and if I include so many courses then you’ll confuse what course you should take.

Hence I tried to include as minimum courses as possible. These courses will be the good starting point for you and as you will learn, you’ll get ideas what skills you’ll require in order to be a good developer, accordingly you can take the advanced courses.

If you have any question please ask me in the comment. I wish you all the best.

Happy coding.